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Wake-up Call Whether it beeps, chimes or sings, there’s an alarm clock for every sleeper

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Wake-up Call Whether it beeps, chimes or sings, there’s an alarm clock for every sleeper

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While the standard alarm is perfectly acceptable for some sleepers, the rest of us require a little more to rouse us from our slumber. The perfect wakeup is specific to the individual, but it’s exponentially more challenging to obtain on Mondays. Fortunately, alarm clock technology has come a long way from the rooster’s crow, and there are plenty rise-and-shine options.

For Knocked-Out Nappers

If you have to reach the point of aggravation to achieve alertness, Clocky ($39) is the device you’ve been yearning to hate. With Clocky, you are granted one snooze, up to nine minutes, and then it’s war. Clocky begins shrieking, then leaps from your nightstand and starts racing around your room. The “fun” ensues, as you chase down Clocky to turn it off. Spend a few more bucks and buy Clocky’s brother, Tocky ($69), for the ability to record personal wake-up messages and play your favorite MP3s.

The Sonic Bomb Alarm Clock With Bed Shaker ($42.95) is another sure bet for avoiding oversleeping. The bed shaker does just that once you place it under your mattress. The alarm itself has an adjustable volume of up to 113 decibels (louder than your typical rock concert). Between the noise and the shaking, the Sonic Bomb experience is the equivalent of having a construction worker operate a jackhammer in your room, so you may want to warn the neighbors.

For Peaceful Sleepers

Does the thought of a buzzing noise stress you out? In an effort to facilitate a peaceful, tranquil awakening, you may want to try a clock that takes a few notes from nature. One option is dawn simulation. BioBrite Sunrise Clock ($119.95) creates a soundless system that gradually produces light over a period of 15 minutes to an hour to slowly revive you.

Zen Alarm Clocks ($119.95), from Now & Zen, also eliminate the harsh noises of alarm clocks by replacing them with gradually increasing, long-resonating acoustic chimes. The whole experience seems similar to being lured by the Sirens in Greek mythology, without the whole shipwreck aspect.

For Tech-Savvy Snoozers

The Moshi Voice Control Alarm Clock ($49.99) does more than sound an alarm; it both talks and listens. Once you say, “Hello, Moshi,” the device is yours to command. You can direct Moshi to turn the alarm off, give you music to fall asleep to, set the time and alarm or even turn on a night-light. Moshi, in return, can answer you with the current time, date, temperature or alarm setting.

wake mate bracelet and screen shot of appAnother contender is the WakeMate ($59.99). This product is a combination of a bracelet and mobile phone app. Set your alarm to the latest possible time that you wish to be woken up. If your sleep cycle is riper for the interruption within a 20-minute window before that time, the WakeMate alarm will sound. According to co-founder Arun Gupta, WakeMate also uploads your sleeping data into an analytics platform so that you can determine “what factors, like working out or alcohol, affect you.” Imagine how much more compelling your plea to start work later would be if you provided this evidence to your boss.

For Rockin’ Resters

If music is your motivation for working out, having fun on the weekend and all things in between, why not use it to get you out of bed? Alarm clocks with iPod and MP3 players come in endless varieties. IHome, Scosche, Phillips and most other electronics brands have a product in this market. Choose a style and sound that suits you and start kicking your days off with an alarm clock concert. Not to mention the fact that this should increase the chances of having those awesome dreams of being a rock star.

For Everybody Else

Sometimes it’s best to start the day with a little help from the things that make you who you are. A Star Wars fanatic may prefer taking early morning frustrations out on a LEGO Star Wars Darth Vader Alarm Clock ($29.99). Those with a nostalgic love for the way things used to be may find comfort in the simplicity of wind-up alarm clocks. And for those who are still kids at heart, an Emerson Radio Hot Wheels Snore Slammer Alarm Clock ($29.99) may help ease the urge to buy that racecar bed.

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